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Endurance Run/Walk

Three students run on an outdoor trackThis activity measures heart/lung endurance.


Here’s what you do:

  • On a safe, one-mile distance, students begin running on the count “Ready? Go!”
  • Walking may be interspersed with running. However, the students should be encouraged to cover the distance in as short a time as possible.

Use a large enough running area so that no more than eight laps are necessary to complete a mile. Help participants learn proper pacing for the mile by having them run at the mile pace for short distances during warm-up time.


Always review students’ health status before administering this test. Give students ample instruction on how to pace themselves. Allow them to practice running this distance against time, as well as sufficient time for warming up and cooling down before and after the test. Times are recorded in minutes and seconds.

Alternative Distances for Younger Children
6- to 7-year-olds 1/4 mile
8- to 9-year-olds 1/2 mile

Shorter distance runs are included as options for younger children. Younger children can be prepared to run the mile. However, some teachers find it easier to administer a shorter run, which provides good information on cardio-respiratory endurance of young children.

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